Your doctor may recommend ovarian tissue banking if you do not wish to (or cannot safely) delay cancer treatment to undergo embryo or egg banking.
For ovarian tissue banking, your gynecologic oncologist will remove part of or the whole ovary through a minor surgical procedure called laparoscopy. The outer surface (cortex) of your ovary, which contains the eggs, is frozen in strips for later use.
Women who are survivors of certain types of cancer may have pieces of the tissue thawed and transplanted back. Many pregnancies have resulted from this technique. However, transplantation is not safe following some types of cancer (e.g., leukemia) because of the risk of re-seeding the original cancer.
We partner with the national Oncofertility Consortium®, an NIH-funded program actively researching new ways to use this tissue. Though this option is experimental, it may be best if your doctor recommends starting cancer treatment immediately.